Poppy & Barley

Poppy & BarleyA wake-up splash of sweet whiskey mash with some soft fruit, then calms down to an easy earthy floral a few inches above the skin for half an hour.
Slowly fades to sheer musk with a hint of ripening grain.

Comparing it to the source (I cook with barley in the winter, so I had some on hand) was fun–I could definitely find the dusty sweetness of the kernels.


Love this instrumental on an old classic–

Rien

RienThis one is pure handsome-doctor-in-a-television-drama.

Soap and water, good leather shoes, a touch of medicinal anointing oil, get-well-soon roses and brooding hero amber.

I’d totally huff it on the ER resident with a stethoscope and good bedside manner.


There’s a lot of speculation about the true identity of Dr, Robert, but he obviously prescribed some fun drugs.

Lime & Nutmeg

4711 lime nutmegThe last mini from the 4711 Acqua Colonia sample set.

Lime and dark spice, with a frothy hit of Ivory soap, but there’s a Coca-Cola vibe to it, too.
Green citrus projects a yard off the skin for five minutes, then the nutmeg slowly settles to the skin and disappears, over the course of an hour.

I dumped the whole bottle in the tub and it was marvelous.


Harry Nilsson was a such a brilliant (and strange) musician. His parents were Swedish circus performers, which makes me happy.

Kimonanthe

KimonantheFrom Diptyque’s collection 34.
The copy says incense and osmanthus in “a tribute to Japan.”

Opens with sweet flowers and aniseed, then immediately ripens into a weird camphor with amarena cherry cough drop notes and smoke, and stays there for a long afternoon.
The end comes slowly, a leather on the skin that is more slick vinyl than soft cowhide.

It’s a strange one, chemical but pleasant. I’ll keep the sample in the medicine cabinet–it might be comforting on a sick day.


Here’s the very famous Japanese girl group Momoiro Clover Z’s collaboration with KISS, because why not?

Lemon & Ginger

4711 lemon gingerMore from the 4711 sample set of Acqua Colonia minis.

This one hits the sinuses like a cough drop, then sweetens to Italian ice. The ginger doesn’t have much of a bite, but it pushes the lemon out of cleanser territory and into soda-pop.
Lasts a perky half hour.

I’d love it as iced tea, too.


This song is the best of all lemons, ever.
We’re talking candied sour-puss citrus, sweetheart squirt-in-the-eye, twisted-tart fruit goodness.

You Or Someone Like You

You or Someone like you bright edgy“Possibility in the blue air.”
Chandler Burr’s collaboration with ELd’O–in an homage to LA–is quite good.

A big fresh peel of grapefruit, then a mint mojito–with really nice white rum–and roses.
It’s bright and fresh and cheerful, loud projection and nice longevity, cool green musk at the end, kind of a Gucci Envy updated for this modern age.

I like it much better than the book, which is not cheerful at all, and has very little citrus.


Saffron & Iris

4711 saffron and irisAnother enjoyable and unpretentious 4711 Acqua Colonia that lasts only minutes–as it’s meant to.

A vodka splash opening that immediately warms up with the saffron, then eases into a flowery-herbal tonic water.
There’s earthy powdery feel at the bottom that I would enjoy on a guy, too.


I went looking for the “I’m just mad about Saffron” song by Donovan, and stumbled onto this little gem.

White Peach & Coriander

4711 white peach corianderFrom the 4711 Acqua Colonia line–

All the fruity citrus breakfast brunch drinks (garnished with parsley) in an instant spritz, and I love it.

The peach dries to powder in five minutes, and the green coriander lingers for another ten, and then it’s gone with no residue, leaving one refreshed in that magical burst that only 4711 has.


Beck is also magically refreshing.